Larry Smarr, PhD

Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in UCSD’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Before that he was the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His views have been quoted in Science, Nature, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Atlantic, Wired, MIT Technology Review, Fortune, Business Week, CBS, and the BBC. In the last decade Smarr has become a pioneer in the quantified self movement. Smarr served on the NASA Advisory Council to 4 NASA Administrators, was chair of the NASA Information Technology Infrastructure Committee and the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, and for 8 years he was a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, serving 3 directors.

For recreation, he enjoys growing orchids and snorkeling coral reefs. Smarr can be followed on Facebook (larry.smarr.3), Twitter (@lsmarr), or on his portal http://lsmarr.calit2.net/.